Baltimore Ravens vs. Philadelphia Eagles Matchup Preview (10/18/20): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)
This would have been a more intriguing game with the Eagles had some receiving weapons that could match up with this Baltimore secondary. That is not the case and it wouldn’t be the case even if DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery were healthy. Philadelphia’s offensive line is a problem and facing another top-five defense, it is a tough stretch for them. Philadelphia is really struggling on both sides of the ball and facing a team expected to finish close to the top of the league, it is no surprise to see them as touchdown dogs. As for Baltimore, they are 4-1 but we are asking some questions because the offense hasn’t been as fluent as last season. We might be making a bit more out of it because they put up such historic numbers last season. They will have a slightly tougher defensive matchup against the Eagles in comparison to the Bengals. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Baltimore Ravens at Philadelphia Eagles Matchup Page.
Date: Sunday, October 18th, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Location: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadephia, PA
TV Coverage: FOX
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Baltimore Ravens: Jimmy Smith (Q), Marcus Peters (Q), Chris Moore (Q), Anthony Levine (Q), Ronnie Stanley (Q), Tyre Phillips (Q),
Philadelphia Eagles: Avonte Maddox (Q), Darius Slay (Q), Duke Riley (Q), Richard Rodgers (Q), DeSean Jackson (Q), Alshon Jeffery (Q), Lane Johnson (Q)
Baltimore Ravens Analysis
Baltimore’s defense continues to be vastly improved as we expected in the offseason. They were already a top tier secondary and defense against the pass last season and heading into this one, but against the run, they really struggled. They rank 2nd in DVOA against the run this season. They ranked 21st last season. Opposing running backs have rushed for just 92 yards per game this season and at a 3.7 clip. Baltimore has also just allowed three rushing touchdowns. Miles Sanders has a tough task this week, although he was able to rip off a big gain for a touchdown against Pittsburgh but was very quiet around that. The Ravens ground game has been very efficient so far but the numbers have been very split. Jackson leads the team in rushing yards with 238 but isn’t quite putting up the rushing numbers of last time. Gus Edwards, Mark Ingram, and JK Dobbins are all involved, but Dobbins not as much as expected. Edwards has been the number two back and has been tremendous with a 5.6 YPC.
Jackson’s passing game has not been bad this season but there is room for improvement averaging seven yards per completion. He has taken care of the ball at least with only two interceptions. The connection has just missed a few times as we are seeing some teams have some early struggles on timing and the offseason is likely to do with it. Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews are the clear targets for Jackson as they are the only two with over 20 targets. Brown has had 36 targets, posting a 22-319-1 line. Andrews has an 18-222-5 line.
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Philadelphia Eagles Analysis
The Eagles have improved slightly against the pass although, with the offseason additions, they were hoping for a top ten secondary. They rank 15th in DVOA against the pass and 3rd against the run. That will be challenged this week against Baltimore who is one of the top rushing teams in the league. There will be some key matchups if Darius Slay is healthy as he will have the task of slowing down Marquise Brown. The Eagles have allowed some big games to tight ends this season. Tyler Higbee had a 5-54-3 line against them, and George Kittle lit them up for a 15-183-1 line. Andrews is in a prime spot to continue to build upon his monster season. Opposing teams are scoring 29 points per game this season and putting up 381 yards per game. While the Eagles offense is a big focus, the defense hasn’t played great.
Carson Wentz has taken a lot of heat this season with a 60% completion percentage and nine interceptions. The offensive line and weapons around are certainly part of the blame. He has been sacked 19 times so far this season and has turned the ball over nine times. Miles Sanders has looked terrific in is return, rushing for 316 yards in four games. He also has three touchdowns. The receiving options are nonexistent, outside of Travis Fulgham’s big game last week. Zach Ertz has struggled and the injury to Dallas Goedert was a big blow. Jackson and Jeffery will return at some point but at their age and with their health, you wonder how much they can offer.
Philadelphia Eagles Depth Chart
Betting Corner: Ravens -7.5
Spread: BAL -7.5
Moneyline: BAL -380 / PHI +290
We have two teams at the opposite end of the standings this week. Baltimore is 3-1-1 ATS and 4-1 overall. Philadelphia is 1-3-1 and 1-4 ATS. The under has been favorable in Baltimore games at 4-1, and 2-3 for Philadelphia. In a season where so many overs are hitting, Baltimore’s haven’t because the numbers have been high and their defense has been solid plus the offense hasn’t quite been firing on all cylinders. Public money is coming in on Baltimore as expected and the over as well. This is a tricky game because Lamar Jackson popped up with a knee injury on the report last week and he didn’t quite look himself. Can this team cover the spread with a 75% Jackson, I am not quite comfortable going that route. The Eagles had a tough ATS beat last week. There is a good chance we actually see a game that is a bit low scoring and that might play into the Eagles covering.
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Daily Fantasy Picks
Lamar Jackson is going to continue to be a bit lower owned just because he hasn’t lived up to the price n a few games but this is a Philadelphia defense that ranks 14th against the pass and is allowing 1.6 passing touchdowns per game. Jackson’s rushing numbers were down last week as they have been a bit down over each week this year. He needs that to be a premium play at this price. Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews continue to be the prime option. Philadelphia’s secondary has allowed 1.4 receiving touchdowns per game this season. I don’t want any piece of the Eagles receiving core this week. Baltimore isn’t allowing a ton of production to wideouts.
Andrews and Brown are the main weapons in the offense. Baltimore has no established lead back and that makes them unplayable in fantasy. Zach Ertz has really struggled and has a 30% consistency rating hitting his projection going back to last season. His floor over the last ten games is 4.5 and that just isn’t good enough for his price tag.